Tenancy agreement issues
Question from Iris Kung updated on 1st May 2007:
Our expert Jeff Montgomery responded:
As your tenant, it was the responsibility of ‘A’ to ensure that rent was paid until the tenancy ended. If this was a periodic tenancy ‘A’ could have done that by giving 21 days written notice. When a tenancy ends however, the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 sets out a list of responsibilities for a tenant such as returning the keys to the landlord; removing all of their belongings and rubbish from the property and ensuring that the property is returned to the landlord vacant. A tenant may be found liable for any reasonable loss that a landlord incurs by a tenants breach of their responsibilities. Your application to the Tenancy Tribunal would need to be made against ‘A’.
The Department of Building and Housing provides information and guidance on building law and compliance, services including weathertight homes, and advice for tenants and landlords.